On Thursday, the company dropped a surprise video announcing various game remasters, the launch of older Mario games for Switch and even a new Mario battle game. However, some fans aren’t too happy about how Nintendo has chosen to release these new games.
Nintendo has announced the new Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection which includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. The entire collection is available starting Sept. 18 for Switch. As well, Nintendo has announced a new digital-only Mario-themed battle game which allows players to compete in Super Mario Bros. against 35 other players. This game launches on Oct. 1.
Fans, however, are going to have to act quickly to get their hands on these new releases. Nintendo has decided that the games will only be available for a limited time. So, by Mar. 31, 2021, all of these new games will be gone.
Three Mario adventures in one collection jump on to #NintendoSwitch! With HD visuals, take Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy on the go in #SuperMario3DAllStars. Arriving 9/18 as a limited release until the end of March 2021.https://t.co/zo0Y2TC80N pic.twitter.com/0c74C23f1j
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 3, 2020
Naturally, the limited release took fans by surprise. While some are confused about why Nintendo would choose to only make these games available for a limited time only, others are just annoyed.
Since the company’s announcement, fans have started referring to the Super Mario 3D All-Stars limited release move as “Disney Vaulting.” The phrase is in reference to Disney’s practice of re-releasing films for a limited time before making them unavailable again.
On Thursday, many Nintendo players began tweeting about the company’s decision.
Limited release? What is this Disney Vault shit? https://t.co/AEbuN7YkqU
— Peach Saliva (@PeachSaliva) September 3, 2020
Freaking awesome except for the limited release thing
Come on why even Disney vault this https://t.co/PGkPMed2wz
— Deputy Rust (@DeputyRustArt) September 3, 2020
lol fucking disney vault bullshit
GET IT BEFORE WE BURY IT, WE WILL CREATE OUR OWN SCARCITY EVEN DIGITALLY. https://t.co/7mIIUZHmD5
— ｔｅｒｒｙＲａＲａＲａ🔞 Comms close (announce next week) (@CalicoBggs) September 3, 2020
— Old Kentucky Shark 🍦🧠🐛 (@becktionary) September 3, 2020
Nintendo is pulling the iconic Disney move of “you better consume now or were throwing that shit in the disney vault for good”
— FABINO (@KinoFabino) September 3, 2020
OK, which one of you told Nintendo about the Disney Vault?? pic.twitter.com/pOAfEVJx67
— Bahassi (@BahassiLioness) September 3, 2020
I see Nintendo has invented the Disney vault
— 👑 Empress of Pulls 👑 (@YerFriendMolly) September 3, 2020
The new Mario stuff is super cool, but why is Nintendo looming the threat of a Disney vault over everyone’s head?
— Kevin Brown (@Railith) September 3, 2020
Some point out, however, that Nintendo’s limited release practice has actually happened various times over the years.
nintendo has had the entire gamecube catalogue trapped in the disney vault for a decade now, even though every console they’ve released since has had gamecube controller support https://t.co/Dpdmq2AHIu
— hatok controversial take but fascism is bad (@HatokTalk) September 3, 2020
Fake scarcity + Disney vault tactics is the most Nintendo thing ever.
— Aaron Amendola (@TurboHoodie) September 3, 2020
And it’s not like they make any extra money from propping up the second hand resellers. From their actions, you’d think they were or were clueless to it’s very existence. It’s been mind boggling for YEARS.
— El Acordeonachi (@ElAcordeonachi) September 3, 2020
More information on Nintendo’s Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection is available here.
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